Presentation Title: Feasibility of a Parent Peer Navigator Program for Parents of Justice-Involved Youth
Author Name(s): Allyson L. Dir, PhD; Sarah E. Wiehe, MD, MPH; Matthew C. Aalsma, PhD
Abstract: Parental engagement in youth services is crucial for positive youth development; however, across service systems parental engagement is challenging. Peer specialists, or those with lived experience, are effective in increasing treatment engagement among other populations and may increase parental engagement in youth services. The current project seeks to develop, implement, and examine the preliminary feasibility and acceptability of a parent peer navigator intervention to improve service use and outcomes among justice-involved youth. Utilizing community-based participatory research, I will collaborate with the Marion County Juvenile Court and community advisory board to develop a parent peer navigator intervention protocol. Following training of n=2 parent peer navigators, I will conduct a feasibility study to program intervention feasibility and acceptability. Guided by the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, and Sustainment (EPIS) framework, qualitative and quantitative data will be collected from juvenile justice staff, advisory board, and parents to measure feasibility and implementation outcomes.